I’ve always wondered where the idea for the Ohio Ordnance HCAR came from. Ian, of course, over at Forgotten Weapons also wonders these things. Well in this video he went and found out.
Like many builds of new, cool, goofy, or wild guns… it started with a box of spare parts. In this case, allegedly a Conex of receivers that were not up to spec for NIB M1918A3 semi-auto BARs from Ohio Ordnance. Those are $7,000+ rifles so there isn’t much wiggle room for “blem” receivers in builds.
So what to do with a bunch of receivers you could make perfectly functional but would have marks show through and not look as pristine?
Modern BAR build making it lighter, shorter, more ergonomic, and tacti-cool. Because why not. It was also a little less costly to manufacturer and knocks a few hundred off of the price. So if you want a not quite as large, not quite as heavy, more modern-ish 30.06 for reasons. Go look at the Heavy Counter Assault Rifle from Ohio Ordnance.